Also referred to as partial crowns, onlay restorations are custom-made fillings. They can be made of gold, tooth-colored porcelain or a composite material. Dentists place the onlays by permanently cementing them into the teeth.
Similar to inlay restorations, onlays are used to repair teeth that have large fillings and/or decay and damage. As the name partial crown implies, onlays do not require as much of the tooth surface to be removed as a full crown. Onlays cover more of the tooth than inlays, as the chewing cusps are typically included in this restoration process.
Though highly durable, onlays might need replaced after experiencing normal wear over time.
Reasons for onlay restorations:
• Broken or fractured teeth
• Cosmetic enhancement
• Decayed teeth
• Fractured fillings
• Large fillings
You can help extend the life of your new onlay by following the care instructions given to you and by maintaining good oral hygiene, a healthy diet and regular dental visits.
Onlays are made in our office using Cerec 3D.